Craftsman Trim Installation

A while ago, we stripped/prepped some wood for our Craftsman trim. I was afraid it was going to take a while to get it installed, but we had a spurt of energy and got it done! We matched the trim style of the rest of the main floor, read more about that here.

Finished Office Trim:


Finished Craftsman style trim, matching the original trim style of our 1911 bungalow. Salvaged Fir doors from RE-Store.


Finished trim on the office door, opening was added during the remodel. Salvaged divided light hinged door from Second Use Building Materials.

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Craftsman Bathroom Remodel

Our 1926 house came with that classic unlovely bathroom – made worse by multiple cheap additions over the years:  linoleum floors over hex tile, “marbled” bath surround, a tiny triangle sink with hideous plywood cabinet, crumbling plaster. I wish I had a before picture for you! Sadly not. It was so ugly I never photographed it…

It was such a good day when my husband and I got out the demo tools – we have a special iron bar we call the “persuader” – and we persuaded every inch of that bathroom into the dumpster. Well, almost. We saved the original cast iron tub – which I think everyone should consider doing – cast iron holds heat like a champ, and the shape of the tub is really nice. There are companies that will re-coat the surface – just do your homework and find a reputable service. Bonus – you will save a lot of money – a nice tub is not inexpensive!

Original cast iron tub. We’ve not re-coated it yet, but it’s a great option!

Notice how the tile at the back of the tub is narrower at the right side and wider toward the drain? It’s not a mistake, the older tubs are like this so that the water will drain out – check this if you are considering tiling yourself!! (Put a level on the edges to confirm if it’s angled or level.)

We painted the trim a white that contrasted with the “bright porcelain” white of the tile and fixtures. Better to be obviously different than a bad match!

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Craftsman Trim

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This week we are excited to feature a very special guest posting by two friends who specialize in the restoration and design of Craftsman homes. Ellen Mirro and Howard Miller are both associated with The Johnson Partnership, a local Seattle architectural firm noted for their architectural, historic renovation, and low impact “green” services. They have graciously written a short piece for us on Craftsman trim, a very distinct and traditional style of trim found in many Seattle homes of the early 1900 vintage. We hope you enjoy it!

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